Businesses donate chair lift to Beach mom fighting cancer

Businesses donate chair lift to Beach mom fighting cancer

Tycon and Hampton Roads Mobility stepped up on Tuesday and installed the chair lift for Gretchen Bell, saving the family $3800.

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by Lucy Bustamante, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 10:00 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH --  Last year, we told you the story of a Virginia Beach mother who was 31 weeks pregnant when she found out she had stage three breast cancer.

Gretchen Bell had to deliver her baby so she could start chemo and radiation.

Pregnant mother battles stage three breast cancer

A year later, Bell's little boy Jackson is healthy, but she is not.

The cancer has spread to her brain and she's mostly immobile. Her family reached out to get help finding a donated chair lift.
 
"Getting up the stairs is torturous. I had two hours of sleep last night because my legs were so sore from trying to get up the stairs," Bell said.
 
13News Now called Chris Smythe of Tycon, who works with Hampton Roads Mobility. Bell's friends also emailed the companies responded right away.  Both companies stepped up on Tuesday and installed the chair lift for free, saving the family $3800. 
 
"It's a sad story and we want to do what we can to help and try to make her life a little bit easier," said Paul McGee with Hampton Roads Mobility.

Bell's daughter, Erin Donahue, says the lift will help make her day-to-day more normal.
 
"We could not be more grateful, 'cause this is going to allow her to get through our house and take care of us. She wants to live as normal of a life as possible," Donahue said. "This lift is really going to help with that."

Doctors have not said how long Bell will live. They have told her they will help manage her symptoms until the end.

Baby Jackson will remain in the care of his father, grandmother and his two older sisters.

A fund for the family is still active at the Navy Federal Branch.  If you'd like to give, the account is under Gretchen's Angels and the number for donations is 3037810656.

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